Gingham on Easter Eggs: With decoupage and mulberry paper

this year my easteregg decorations theme is: gingham. Known and popular are the gingham cotton fabrics you can get everywhere. But I wanted to have this great design on paper to decorate easter eggs with it.
In this post I will show you two ways to get that great gingham pattern on easter eggs:
1. with Decoupage Soft Paper and
2. by filling glass eggs with mulberry paper.

1. Decorate easter eggs with Decoupage Soft Paper:
White eggs are the ideal choice for this, on them the Decoupage Soft Paper looks best.
You may use blown eggs or cooked ones. In case you use cooked eggs make sure they are cool.
By the way, you can get rid of that ugly code on the eggs with a paper towel and a little bit of vinegar. Or you use these magic eraser sponges.

And you need Decoupage Soft Paper. I have the decoupage soft paper with the easter bunnys and the gingham pattern now in my Dekoversum Shop.
Of course, you can use other decoupage paper as well...
So, let's go back to the easter eggs.

First you cut out the gingham easter bunnies. This doesn't have to be exact, you can leave a white border. (Step A) Now, apply a thin coat of decoupage glue on the egg (Step B), place the cut out paper on the glue and apply with a brush another layer of decoupage glue on the paper. Brush from the middle outwards and try to smooth out as many wrinkles as you can. (Step C) If that doesn't work with the brush alone, use your finger tips as well, but please be geeennntle, the paper soaked with glue is quite delicate. (Step D)
This is a little bit like squaring a circle: Getting a flat piece of paper on a curved egg surface without crinkles. So there will be some creases and crinkles, always. But the good thing is: with thin decoupage paper the wrinkles are smaller. Personally I don't mind them, I think it gives the easter eggs a more individual touch.

However, when you do mind the creases, there is a little trick that makes them less visible: Once the first layer of glue is dry, dab another thicker layer of glue on the decorated surface. Try to do this as even as possible. (Step E) Don't worry, the white decoupage glue will turn transparent when is dries. And now the creases don't show as much. (Step F)

Repeat this with other eggs and soon you have a cute little gingham easter bunny parade :-)

2. Fill transparent glass eggs with mulberry paper:
I have often seen acryl glass eggs for filling but recently I found some made of glass. Both types work well, however the filling of the glass eggs needs a little trick, since the opening is smaller.

My glass egg filling is made of little transparent scrapbooking dew drops, fluffy white feathers and my gingham easter bunny pattern on mulberry paper.

I have to admit, I really go for mixed-media. The same motive just on different types of paper, I love that. You can create great effects with it and it is so much fun.

But now let's get back to our glass eggs: You can easily pull of the hangers from the eggs, then they have a small opening. (Step A) First I put in the dew drops. I takes about 30 beads for each egg. (Step B) Then follows the piece of mulberry paper with the printed out gingham bunny. I teared it out instead of cutting it, that makes a great effect when using mulberry paper. (Step C) In order to get it into the egg, just roll it, put it into the egg (Step D) and then use long tweezers to fold out the paper again. (Step E) Then use the tweezers again to put in the white feather. (Step F) Put the hanger back on, and your filled glass easter egg is ready for decorating. (Step G)

This post will also go to Thursday Favourite Things and Funtastic Friday.

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